At 10.00 am, on 25th October 2016, Bidyut Bhaban turned into a place full of passionate young faces who will gain the opportunity of first-hand experience to work with different divisions and departments under the Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources (MoPEMR), courtesy of the Vision 2021 internship program of the youth platform Young Bangla, and its secretariat Centre for Research and Information (CRI). The orientation was arranged by CRI and Young Bangla in partnership with the Power Cell and the MoPEMR to link young people with the current government’s ‘Vision 2021 internship’ by providing them with the unique opportunity to undertake public sector internships and placements for the duration of 4 months.
Participants of the event were mainly 100 selected interns of the ‘Vision 2021 internship’ and representatives of the two division of the MoPEMR, Power Division and Energy and Mineral Resourcea Division and officals from CRI and Young Bangla. Mr. Amzad Hossian, Director (Commercial) and Acting Director General, chaired the program along with Md. Rejaul Karim, Director (Management) of Power Cell and Priyanka Chakma, Program Coordinator of Young Bangla.
An invitation for application was made for the graduate students of different educational institutes for the 4 months’ internship program and call for the internship was put on the CRI and Young Bangla websites and affiliated social media platforms in the end of July, 2016. Total 100 interns were selected from a list of around 510 candidates. Among the 100, 50 interns will be placed under the Energy and Mineral Resources Division and the other 50 will be placed under 8 utilities of the Power Division, namely: DPDC, DESCO, Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh Ltd, North West Power Generation Company Ltd, Power Grid Company Bangladesh Ltd, Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd, West Zone Power Generation Company Ltd., Rural Power Company Ltd.
One of the main focus of the orientatiion was to groom the young interns concerning the code of conducts, job description and other terms and regulations of their engagement. The event commenced with the dissemination of Young Bangla Publications among the interns. After a brief introduction about Young Bangla and CRI, the Acting Director General placed gave an overall view about the roles of the Ministries regarding the ‘Vision-2021 Internship Program’. A session was given to the 8 respective utilities to present a short summary of their preparation about the intern’s placement.
The opportunity was also afforded to the interns and officials to raise their shared and respective queries and concerns regarding the placements.The issues which came up during the discussion included: field work timing, transportation facilities during field work, accommodation facilities, security issues and scope of placement/employment after the completion of the internship period. Concerned departments addressed the issues and also tried to resolve some points on the spot without further delay. The program ended with a general consensus to start the 4 month’s internship program by 1 November, 2016.